LILLIAN I. ROSSOW-DARTON, age 93, of Greenwood, died at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, in Greenwood. Rev. Brian Campbell will officiate and burial will follow in the Greenwood City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Darren Weber, Carl Rossow, Kyle Friske, Tim Gehrke, Jeff Miller, J.R. Black, Jacek Romanski and Timothy Jarog. Visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Greenwood, on Monday, October 7, 2013 from 4pm to 8pm, and at the church, on Tuesday, from 10am until time of service.
Lillian Ida Kuester was born on July 17, 1920 in Loyal, WI, the daughter of Gustave C. Sr. and Emma W. (Bakerburg) Schefus-Kuester. She was raised on the family farm and received her education in Loyal schools. After 2 years at Loyal High School, Lillian moved to Waukesha to work and completed her high school education in Oconomowoc, graduating from Oconomowoc High School in 1938. She was united in marriage to Edward C. Rossow on October 24, 1939 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal. Together they farmed in the Town of Beaver. In 1951, Lillian went to work as a bookkeeper/secretary for the Loyal Cannery until its closing in the 1980's. They built a home in the Town of Warner, rural Greenwood, and moved there in 1974. Her husband, Edward, died on August 14, 1978. Lillian was then united in marriage to Hugh E. Darton on April 12, 1980. He died on November 20, 1986. She continued to reside at home until the time of her death.
Lillian was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aide, the Curtiss Corners Quilting Club, the Eastern Star, was on the Election Board for the Town of Warner for many years, was a foster mother for several years, and did bookkeeping for the horse auctions in Neillsville.
She had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family, crafts, ceramics, quilting, traveling, baking, cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting and gardening.
She will be dearly missed by her three children: Nancy Weber, Danny Rossow and Peggy (David) Friske, all of Greenwood; eight grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two step daughters: Caryl Jean (Merlin) Bender of Marshfield and Donna Lou (Lynn) Lawrenz of Algoma; three siblings: Henry (Shirley) Kuester of Waukesha, Minnie Schmidt of Towner, ND, Harry (Elizabeth) Kuester of Tomahawk; two sisters-in-law: Isla Kuester of Hillsboro and Bobbe Kuester of Tomahawk; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Edward Rossow and Hugh Darton; one daughter-in-law: Nancy (nee Dean) Rossow; three brothers: Alfred Kuester, Edwin Kuester and Gustave Kuester, Jr.; two sisters: Leona May and Florence Welch; and a half-brother: Herman Schefus.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or a charity of choice.